Submitted by Rev. Dr. Don Longbottom & Rev. Liz Nash
The Rev. Douglas Anders served the SCC with distinction, integrity, and competency for 9 years. During that period, serving our congregations, he gave of himself without reservation. Such a ministry is a great gift and now is our opportunity to give back.
As most of you know, after his retirement Rev. Anders received a diagnosis of cancer. After many rounds of chemotherapy in the St. Louis area where he now lives, his treatments were not continuing to work. We are grateful now that a more recent experimental therapeutic regime at the Medical Center in Houston is showing real signs of success.
However, the additional requirement with the latest therapy is that numerous trips from the St. Louis area to Houston are required. The burden here is both physical and financial, leaving air travel as the best course of action.
Towards this end, we are asking any of those who are able to gift Southwest Airline travel miles, Southwest vouchers, or Rapid Rewards points to our former Conference Minister. If you wish to participate in this compassionate endeavor, please contact Stacey Silvey at the conference office.
We also ask that you pray for Douglas. He asks above all for your prayers and expresses his thankfulness for this and for all of our caring outreach and support to him.
The foundation upon which we stand today was not laid by our hand. Rather, it was built over many years with the energy and efforts of others. As Christian people, we do well to remember the service and sacrifices of those we call to serve. We invite you to join in this effort to support Douglas Anders.
Peace and Grace,
Dr. Don & Rev. Liz Nash